Netease Sports reported on October 1:
In the 2020 National Swimming Championships and the Tokyo Olympics Qualifying Tournament in Qingdao, the men’s and women’s 4×100m medley relay team composed of Xu Jiayu, Zhang Yufei, Yan Zibei, and Yang Junxuan swam in the preliminaries with a record of 3:38.41, breaking The US team set a world record of 3:38.56 at the 2017 World Championships. As a newly added event in the Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese team has always attached great importance to it. Last year, it unexpectedly broke down in the preliminaries of the Gwangju World Championships. This championship is aimed at qualifying for the Olympics with the strongest lineup, and the strongest team will be sent out. Players, break the world record in one fell swoop with the best form. For the Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese swimming team added another gold spot.
The men’s and women’s 4*100-meter medley relay became an official event of the World Championships in 2015. This event has a wealth of tactical options. Each team can configure the baton times according to their own personnel conditions and select the best personnel to play. Two sticks before the swim, two sticks after the women's swim, and can also be played by men and women. The Chinese team generally uses the first two sticks for men.
男子和女子的4 * 100米混合泳接力赛已成为2015年世界锦标赛的正式比赛。这项比赛有很多战术选择。每个团队都可以根据自己的人员条件配置接力棒时间，并选择最佳人员进行比赛。游泳前两支，女子游泳后两支，男女均可玩。中国队通常使用男子的前两个棍棒。
In the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, the Chinese team composed of Xu Jiayu, Li Xiang, Lu Ying and Zhu Menghui set an Asian record at the time with a time of 3:44.65. In the 2017 Budapest World Championships, the Chinese team sent Xu Jiayu, Yan Zibei, Zhang Yufei and Zhu Menghui to tie with the Canadian team for third place with 3:41.25 and successfully boarded the podium of the World Series.
In 2017, the International Olympic Committee passed a resolution to add nine mixed events for the Tokyo Olympics. Among the swimming events, the 4×100m medley relay for men and women is one of the new events. In fact, the Chinese team was expected to have an impact on the qualifications for the Olympic Games at the Gwangju World Championships last year. At that time, Li Guangyuan, Wang Lizhuo, Wang Yichun and Zhu Menghui were dispatched in the preliminaries. As a result, Wang Lizhuo had problems completing his second 50 meters. The team was convicted of a foul and missed the finals, and also lost the first opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
However, with the strength of the Chinese team, it will be sooner or later to qualify for the Olympics. Backstroke Xu Jiayu, breaststroke Yan Zibei, and butterfly stroke Zhang Yufei are the strongest players in the Chinese team's single-stroke style. They are also very competitive in the world. Xu Jiayu It was the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke at the two consecutive World Championships, and Yan Zibei was the third runner-up in the World Championships. Zhang Yufei is currently in very good shape and broke the Asian record for the 100-meter butterfly in this championship. As the freestyle player Yang Junxuan has made rapid progress in recent years, She also replaced Zhu Menghui as the last piece of the puzzle in the medley relay foursome.
This championship is also a Tokyo Olympics standard event. The Chinese men's and women's 4×100m medley relay is designed to qualify for the Olympics and strive for good results. Xu Jiayu, Yan Zibei, Zhang Yufei and Yang Junxuan, the four of the Chinese team are in excellent condition. They cooperated with each other and broke the world record of 3:38.56 set by the U.S. team in the 2017 World Championships, raising the score to 3 points. 38 seconds 41.
Compared with the past two World Championships champions the United States and Australia, the Chinese team’s four sticks are average and outstanding. The preliminaries scored Xu Jiayu 52.45, Yan Zibei 57.96, Zhang Yufei 55.32, Yang Junxuan 52.68, so to speak. Have considerable competitiveness. Because it is a newly-added project and requires a four-stroke balance between men and women, this is precisely where the Chinese team's advantage lies. After all, in terms of overall strength in the swimming world, it is difficult to find a match with the Chinese team except for the US and Australia. The team, the Chinese team chose this event as a new breakthrough in the Olympic gold medal competition, and it seems that the effect is quite good.
This year due to the new crown epidemic, the competitions of foreign first-line teams have been suspended. It is difficult to estimate the current state of the opponents. However, with the state of the Chinese team in this event, the Tokyo Olympics is conservative and the top three competitiveness, and the United States, The competition in Australia will not fall short, breaking the world record this time will strengthen the confidence of the four players. For the Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese team should avoid mistakes in the Gwangju World Championships. With the strength and status of Xu Jiayu, Zhang Yufei, Yan Zibei, and Yang Junxuan, the Chinese team is definitely expected to hit this medley relay gold medal in the Tokyo pool.